Application Process, Tuition & Financial Aid: Master of Fine Arts in Dance



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Students may apply for fall entry to the Master of Fine Arts in Dance program. Applicants must have received a Bachelor of Arts or equivalent degree from an accredited college or university.

Previous college work is expected to be at 3.0 or higher and should reflect advanced course study. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are not required for admission.

The application deadline is January 1.

Applications submitted after January 1 will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please submit your application as early as possible to ensure that it will be reviewed before the program has reached capacity.

Apply to the Dance graduate program online»

Please Note: All materials submitted become property of Sarah Lawrence College and cannot be returned. This application and all the materials shall not be disclosed to any person not concerned with the professional development of the student.

Application Requirements

Application Fee

A nonrefundable application fee of $60 must be submitted; upon completion of the application, online payment will become available.

Payments may also be made by check or money order to Sarah Lawrence College, and submitted via mail.

Essay Questions

Please include the following in your application:

  • Autobiography: Please tell us about your background, your dance training, and your current practice, as well as how it figures into your life as a whole. (500 words)
  • Personal Statement: Please describe your interest in pursuing an MFA in Dance and, specifically, your interest in pursuing an MFA in Dance at Sarah Lawrence College. (500 words)
  • Supplemental Question 1: Please discuss a dance performance or critical work on dance that you found compelling. (500 words)

Work Samples

Video work samples of your creative work, as well as your work as a performer, are required with your application. Please provide a video work sample that best represents your creative work in dance created within the last five years as well as a sample of your work as a performer, either in your own work or the work of another artist. Video documentation from performance or rehearsal is acceptable. All materials must be accompanied by a clearly written legend identifying the work, choreographer, and date of performance. Make sure to clearly identify yourself in performance clips that include more than one person.

Curriculum Vitae

Your one- to two-page curriculum vitae should accurately reflect your completed educational background and your professional and dance-related experiences to date.


Official transcripts are not required in order to apply to Sarah Lawrence College. However, if an applicant is admitted and accepts the offer of admission, an official transcript from each undergraduate and graduate institution attended will be required prior to enrollment in the graduate program.

Unofficial transcripts for application purposes should be submitted to us via a scanned upload in the Academics section of the application. Official transcripts for enrollment purposes can be sent to us via your institution's electronic transcript delivery or mailed to us from each undergraduate and graduate institution. Our mailing address is as follows:

Graduate Admission
Sarah Lawrence College
1 Mead Way
Bronxville, NY, 10708

If your transcript is from a university where English is not the primary language of instruction, you must provide a translated copy of your transcript from a service such as WES or AACRAO. All grades must be converted to the US 4.0 GPA scale.

Please note: An "unofficial" transcript is a document that has been opened and examined by the student or printed from an institution's website before being submitted to Sarah Lawrence College. Any transcript that you upload to your application is considered "unofficial."

An "official" transcript is a document that has been prepared, authenticated, and sealed by the Registrar at your college or university. To be considered official, a transcript must be mailed, unopened, to our office or sent to us electronically directly from the institution.


Applicants will be asked to submit the names of two recommenders with their online application. Applicants should ask people who can give an informed opinion of intellectual ability for sustained academic effort.

If an applicant is unable to contact former teachers, we welcome letters from others, such as employers, who can make similar assessments. Preferably, one of those should be from a person in your field of interest.

Note: Please inform your recommenders that they will be receiving an e-mail from Sarah Lawrence College indicating that they have been asked to recommend you, and that the letter may be submitted electronically through a secure site.

Interview & Audition

After initial review of applications, a select number of candidates will be invited to campus for a visit and an interview with faculty. At that time, you will be asked to perform a live short solo of your own choreography, three to five minutes in length. Visits for 2020-21 academic year enrollment will take place on February 8 and February 15, 2020. All candidates are strongly encouraged to visit campus separately from the February visit dates to tour the campus, observe classes, and meet current MFA graduate students.

Please note that incomplete applications cannot be guaranteed review for fall admission. Applicants should monitor the completion of their application in the application portal.

TOEFL Results (for International Applicants)

Individuals whose native language is not English must include official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Information concerning TOEFL may be obtained by writing: TOEFL, Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ 08541. Request that the results are sent to Sarah Lawrence College, ETS code 2810. For more information:

For students who have limited access to taking the TOEFL, Sarah Lawrence College will accept the IETLS as an equivalent examination.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Visit the Graduate Financial Aid site for a basic outline of graduate tuition, costs, and financial aid.

For more information, please contact Graduate Admissions, or Roberta Daskin, Associate Director of Financial Aid.